The Fish Pond Song – Jeroen Kooijmans

Jeroen Kooijmans, The Fish Pond Song, video still, Part III: The Healing, 2013-2014 Jeroen Kooijmans, The Fish Pond Song, video still, Part III: The Healing, 2013-2014

Up until June 5 2016 the work of Jeroen Kooijmans will be displayed in the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Commissioned by the museum, Kooijmans has created The Fish Pond Song, an audiovisual installation inspired by the paintings of Jheronimus Bosch. The title is a direct reference to the religious triptych ‘Tuin der Lusten’, at the centre of which a fishing pond is depicted, along with bathing maidens, surrounded by knights and fantastical creatures. Jeroen Kooijmans worked on this triptych for three years and filmed in the Netherlands, Hungary and Curacao. This is the first time the entire trilogy, in an installation of over 700 m2, will be presented in one room.

In The Fish Pond Song an imaginary war is celebrated in three chapters. Rather than a display of arms this is – in accordance with the Bosch’s work- a layered narrative full of human fears, dreams and desires. War is an abstract reality here; it is looming evil, madness of the head, a search full of confusion and danger, with a hope for liberation and salvation.

It is expected that on the 29th of January a book of the same name by Jeroen Kooijmans will be launched, published by De Bezige Bij. The publication is not a catalogue to accompany the exhibition, but an autonomous work in its own right. In the publication the poetic work of author Tommy Wieringa will be included, written especially for Kooijmans’s trilogy. The publication will be accompanied by a digital enclosure: a short narrative film (produced by Submarine) that carries the spectator along in the story.

The book will be published in two languages. Design: Studio Adriaan Mellegers, format: 22 x 29,5 cm, edition: 2.000, sales price: €29,90.

The Mondriaan Fund has supported The Fish Pond Song with a Grant for Commissioning Contemporary Art (in Dutch: Bijdrage Opdrachtgeverschap) and a Grant for Publications (in Dutch: Bijdrage Publicaties).